Barrel imprint is later with 1st quarter date code, compatible 2nd quarter date code on nib, indicating later assembly of much earlier parts -- a known practice at Parker, periodically done to reduce excess stocks of spare parts. While this color is relatively common in later Vacumatics, it was introduced only at the very end of production of the original lockdown series.
Pen was found with present English Parker replacement nib, notable sharp-edged factory italic.
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Parker Vacumatic • In mid Parker began marking most pens and pencils with a date code, both the barrel and the nibs were The first date codes, found for example on the Vacumatics, consists of two digits, the first one denoting the. Dearest Visitor of the little Fountain Pen Nut house on the digital prairie, I have two double jewel Parker vacumatics that have both a date code and a dot. There was a period during which the two quarter-designation schemes overlapped; some pens bear a date code of. In the s, Parker came up with an interesting solution. This innovative mechanism, eventually dubbed the "Vacumatic," Richard Binder's article on Parker date codes explains how to find out when your pen was made.